In Tel Aviv, you’ll run out of money long before you run out of great shops in which to spend it. Here are just a few suggestions that reflect everything you’d expect from such a vibrant city. The emphasis isn’t on high-end or low — it’s how to get your hands on stuff you won’t find anyplace else.
Furniture. The Craft & Bloom “makerspace” in northern Jaffa showcases the Shahar family’s sleek furniture, which marries Scandinavian simplicity with tastefully contrasting materials like metal and wood. There’s also art and cool housewares. If you like mid-century modern, then you’ve got to check out Retro-TLV. Its centrally located showroom has wonderfully restored Israeli and European pieces from the 50s and 60s. You may not be inclined to shlep a sofa home, but both stores have smaller items for sale.
Clothing. Anyone who likes to shop will likely find themselves in the attractive upscale district of Neve Tzedek. While you’re there stop into Numéro 13, which combines European and Israeli fashion lines for men, women and children. The store also has a hair salon if you need your mane tamed. And when you take that inevitable stroll down Dizengoff, make sure to look into AnnA, a truly original boutique. Designer Anna Lukatsky mines 50s styles and her Ukrainian heritage to create stylish clothes for women.
Not far from Rabin Square, Arama Shoes is another Tel Aviv original. Oded Arama’s shoe designs for men and women are cool, quirky and colorful. Speaking of shoes, you can find some of Tel Aviv’s best women’s footwear at Olive Thomas. If that name sounds familiar for other reasons, that’s because designer Maya Levy named her sophisticated-yet-practical line after the silent film actress who exhibited similar qualities.
Jewelry. There’s something about jewelry that seems to bring out the best in Israeli designers. For instance, Ayala Bar sells radiantly colorful bracelets, earring and necklaces at her eponymous flagship store in Neve Tzedek. In the same neighborhood, Ages and Tammar Jewelry has chunkily elegant gold and silver rings as well as slim, colorful stone necklaces and bracelets. All pieces are designed by Einat Agassi and Tamar Harel-Klein.
Designer Itai Mintz, a Tel Aviv native, sells his striking jewelry line Dario’s at a number of shops in Tel Aviv and Israel. Finally, you should check out the unique fabric jewelry of Michal Taharlev.
Posters and Stationery. Nahum Gutman was a supremely talented visual artist; you can buy hard-to-find reproductions of his vibrant works, as well as books and postcards, at the Nahum Gutman Museum Gift Shop. And you won’t find another store like Yooletta, a premier paper boutique. Its notebooks, calendars and postcards make for charming gifts. Or just buy a few cute notebooks for yourself and make your friends at home jealous.